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Author: Jennifer Fosberry

Illustrator: Mike Litwin

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Isabella tells her father that her name is not Isabella. She is a certain type of person, like an astronomer. Each time he calls her that new person, she says she is not that person but another type of person. This goes on throughout the day as Isabella helps her dad work in the yard. This is the second book in the picture book series featuring Isabella, a girl with big dreams.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Initially, my daughter was initially extremely excited about this book. We have the original story - My Name is Not Isabella - which she loves. She was engaged reading it the first time but said she didn't like it. We read it several more times but she never changed her mind.

Adult Reader Reaction: I did not like this book. I love the original and have actually given it as gifts to friends. This one doesn't flow well. It is choppy and the themes don't really go together. It had a high standard to live up to and it did not come close.

Pros: In introducing her various selves, Isabella showcases things / career fields that have changed the world. Sharing this book could introduce children to those places.

Cons: The story didn't flow well. It felt like the author was trying to force it to be something it wasn't.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at best. I would buy the original and skip this all together.


Educational Themes: The story moves through a series of influential places and introduces different types of careers. Because of that, you can use the book to guide you in different directions ... read more about the famous places and the interesting careers, as well as find biographies on people in those careers.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, geography, culture, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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